Monday, January 19, 2009

Dry and Thirsty Land

A dry river bed...
Today...

Six months ago...


It’s hard to believe that six months ago Kaabong District was so green it bordered on lushness. Since the last raindrops fell in October, the (near-) Equatorial Sun has been scorching the ground, bleaching vegetation and turning dirt to what seems like lunar powder. Much of the soil here is the kind that doesn’t retain moisture, such that during the rains there is widespread flooding and massive erosion, but very little surface-water accumulation. Groundwater pools are full and underground rivers flowing, but now, during the dry season, one could wonder how far we really are from the Sahara. The land is brown, and if the rains delay, will start to look almost white with heat and desiccation. Praying for rain in Karamoja is a sacred task that is often undertaken on mountaintops. Would you join us in uttering a short prayer, not only for rain to soothe the sunbaked earth, but for Living Water to quench a deeper thirst in the peoples of Karamoja?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My prayers also...the living water which gives abundant life...which opens the way for a new outlook, a new worldview! Linda Byler